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Gospel and concerts in Honor of Mahalia Jackson

Magda Piskorczyk has performed Afro-American gospel since 2004. She offers also a special program with songs in tribute to Mahalia Jackson, usually in extended line-up and sometimes with a choir of 3-5 singers.

She has prepared a new concert program on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of Mahalia Jackson’s birthday on October 26, 2011. It contains Magda’s interpretations of the songs performed by the Queen of Gospel. “Come on Children, Let’s Sing”, “Lord, Search My Heart”, “I’m Goin’ to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song”, “Keep Your Hand on the Plow” or “Go Tell It on the Mountain” are only a few examples from a very long list of the songs, which became worldwide known and close to millions people due to Mahalia.

These songs enchanted Magda Piskorczyk too. She has made her own arrangements based on the old and beautiful tradition, in which joy and energy interlace with the passion of worship and deep reflection.

Magda has performed gospel and spiritual songs many times in Poland, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, France and Finland. In 2008 she gave a series of concerts with her band at the City Sings Gospel Festival in Liverpool. There she performed also at the Hope Street Festival and during the final concert in the Metropolitan Cathedral, broadcast by the BBC Radio.

CD “Mahalia”

In November 2011 Magda Piskorczyk’s CD titled “Mahalia” was released.

form CD “Mahalia” by Magda Piskorczyk:

Typical line-up:

  • Magda Piskorczyk – vocal, arrangements
    with her band:
  • Aleksandra Siemieniuk – guitars;
  • Roman Ziobro / Wojciech Zalewski – double bass;
  • Maksymilian Ziobro / Marcin Jahr / Bartek Kazek – drums;
  • Stanisław Witta / Jacek Cichocki – piano;
  • gospel choir (3-5 singers).

And Special Guest on chosen concerts:

  • Wojciech Karolak [RIP] – Hammond

Concerts in Honor of Mahalia:

26.10 – Warszawa, Teatr Palladium – Concert premiere!
06.11 – Kraków, Auditorium Maximum UJ
08.11 – Gdańsk, Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka
02.12 – Ostrów Wielkopolski, Synagoga

28.10 – Opole – X Opole Gospel Festival, Filharmonia Opolska
23.11 – Białystok – XXVIII Jesień z Bluesem
14.12 – Warszawa – Ośrodek Kultury Ochoty

10.08 – Festiwal Jazzu Tradycyjnego Złota Tarka, Amfiteatr

24.07 – Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Park im. hr. Skarbków (dla uczestników Światowych Dni Młodzieży)


04.07 – Tyykiblues Festival, Finalnd

Magda has performed many gospel concerts since 2004.



link to photo gallery

Magda Piskorczyk
Old Jazz Meeting, Ilawa, 2013

Photos: Irek Graff, Palladium Theatre in Warsaw, 26.10.2011 (2),  Białystok (2012) and Golden Washoard Jazz Festival in Iława (2013)

Mahalia Jackson – biography:

Mahalia Jackson – biography